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Cooks Illustrated has found a way to make caramel in the microwave and shared it in the March 2011 issue. Very easy to do!
- Mix all ingredients in 2 cup microwave-safe measuring cup or glass bowl.
- Microwave at full power until mixture is just beginning to brown (this can be from 5 to 8 minutes depending on your microwave).
- Remove from microwave and let it sit on a dry surface for 5 minutes or until it darkens to a rich honey brown.
- To make caramel sauce, add 1/2 cup of hot heavy cream a few Tablespoons at a time, followed by 1 Tablespoon of butter.